More than 1.5m tune in for Masterchef winner announcement

Ten saw 1.875m metro viewers tune in last night to see NSW teacher Elena Duggan crowned the 2016 Masterchef after a five-hour cooking challenge set by Heston Blumenthal.


The winner announcement portion of last night’s grand final was down on last year, which saw 2.13m tune in to witness Billie McKay’s victory; however,  it was up on the season premiere, which pulled in 1.012m.

The show itself, which started at 7:30pm and ran until 9:40pm, attracted 1.711m viewers, down on last year’s average audience of 1.84m – with Melbourne the biggest market with 703,000 viewers from the city watching the winner announcement.

Masterchef handed Ten a winning audience share of 28% share – well ahead of Seven’s share of 15.5%. Nine posted a share of 15% while the ABC managed a share of 10.2%.

The franchise is well down on its early years, when it used to pull audiences of 3m plus, but has recovered from its 2013 audience low point of 1.057m. 

The next episode of Seven’s Make You Laugh Out Loud series which focused on Christmas clips pulled in 474,000 at 7.30pm. In the same timeslot Nine’s Britain’s Got Talent was watched by 551,000.

Seven’s Winners & Losers grabbed 465,000 at 8.30pm, with 450,000 sticking around for a second episode.

Seven News pulled in 1.176m at 6pm, sliding to 1.139m from 6.30pm while Nine News grabbed 1.152m at 6pm, dipping to 1.067m from 6.30pm.


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